Ethel Mae Surles

OKEECHOBEE, FLA. and WALTHAM—Ethel Mae Surles died peacefully surrounded by family, Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Born Oct. 27, 1930, in Waltham, she had been a resident of Okeechobee, Fla., for the past 15 years.


Ethel was a beloved mother and Nana, and devoted her life to nursing. After graduating from nursing school in Boston, she started her career at Hurley Hospital in Ellsworth and worked several years at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, before relocating to Okeechobee, Fla., where she worked at Okeechobee Health Care Facility until she retired.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Raymond Grindle and John Surles; son, Ross Grindle; daughter, Celeste Cote; sisters, Beulah Herbest and Mary Wilbur; and brother, Newell Hardison Jr. She is survived by her son, Raymond Grindle of Aurora, daughters, Cheryle Dyer of Trenton, Candyce Wilbur and husband, Allen, of Eastbrook, Cathye Folsom of Okeechobee, Fla.; grandchildren, John Hart Jr. and wife, Joni, Kimberly Spratt, Karessa Folsom, Mackenzie Ray and companion, Chris Leland, Jerimy Grindle, Misty Cornwell and husband, Shane, Tara Hart and companion, Timothy Mason, Danielle Flaig and husband, Scott, Paul Cote, Scott Cote, Christie Grindle and Jamie Grindle; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Hardison and wife, Evelyn, of Waltham; and a sister, Lucille Jordan of Waltham; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Hillside Cemetery, Waltham. All arrangements are under the direction and care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th St., Okeechobee, Fla. Online condolences may be made at

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